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Anyone speak Japanese?
    #3862200 - 03/03/05 01:53 PM (11 years, 9 months ago)

I'm planning to move to Japan one year from June and was wondering if anyone here had learned to speak Japan, and how long it took you to get to the level of fluency you're at, both in reading/writing and in speaking.  Thanks. :smile:


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Re: Anyone speak Japanese? [Re: OneMoreRobot3021]
    #3862216 - 03/03/05 01:58 PM (11 years, 9 months ago)

Chin Chin means penis.  :wink:


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Re: Anyone speak Japanese? [Re: Boom]
    #3862218 - 03/03/05 01:58 PM (11 years, 9 months ago)

really?


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Re: Anyone speak Japanese? [Re: OneMoreRobot3021]
    #3862232 - 03/03/05 02:02 PM (11 years, 9 months ago)


Konichiwa
I have a couple international student friends from Japan. And I can throw out the odd phrase, by no means ami fluent


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Re: Anyone speak Japanese? [Re: funkymonk]
    #3862249 - 03/03/05 02:06 PM (11 years, 9 months ago)

The chinpokomon from South Park meant penis monster :tongue2:


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Re: Anyone speak Japanese? [Re: funkymonk]
    #3862252 - 03/03/05 02:07 PM (11 years, 9 months ago)

i know very little chinese and very very little korean... my current GF is half of both and teaches me things every now n then'

no japanese though, cept whats in movies :smile:


Edited by SoK (03/03/05 02:08 PM)


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Re: Anyone speak Japanese? [Re: MOTH]
    #3862300 - 03/03/05 02:18 PM (11 years, 9 months ago)

Quote:

EllemyshShade said:
really?




Yes.


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Re: Anyone speak Japanese? [Re: Boom]
    #3862316 - 03/03/05 02:23 PM (11 years, 9 months ago)

i know a little bit of japanese, ive been studying it for a year and can read and write hiragana and katakana, and can read and write about 50 or so kanji...
is there something specific you wanted to know?


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Re: Anyone speak Japanese? [Re: insectvhore]
    #3862323 - 03/03/05 02:25 PM (11 years, 9 months ago)

Nope, just the learning curve.


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Re: Anyone speak Japanese? [Re: OneMoreRobot3021]
    #3862330 - 03/03/05 02:27 PM (11 years, 9 months ago)

ooo chin chin :inlove:


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Re: Anyone speak Japanese? [Re: OneMoreRobot3021]
    #3862364 - 03/03/05 02:38 PM (11 years, 9 months ago)

well once you learn the kanas and the sentence structure its really not very difficult,
they order sentences: subject, object, verb.
there are two types of every verb, polite and plain forms, and four conjugations for each: past, non-past, and positive, negative
you also have to learn several structure particles to identify which words are being used for what, e.g. ha (pronounced wa) is the topic marker, ni is the direction marker, o is the direct object.
so to say something like i will go to japan you would say
watashi wa nihon ni iku
watashi=I
nihon=japan
iku=to go
the four structures of the verb iku (ikimasu in the polite form) are
iku itta-----------------go, went
ikanai ikanakatta----dont go, didnt go
all the verbs follow a similar structure in conjugation with slight variations
doshite nihongo o oshieru?
why am i teaching you this?

anyway its not too difficult to learn, but then again it can be, to be able to at least get by over there, id suggest at least taking an introductory course in japanese, but a year or more will allow you to at least communicate and ask for things


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Re: Anyone speak Japanese? [Re: insectvhore]
    #3862379 - 03/03/05 02:45 PM (11 years, 9 months ago)

if you cant take classes, http://japanese.about.com/ this site is helpful


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Re: Anyone speak Japanese? [Re: insectvhore]
    #3862401 - 03/03/05 02:52 PM (11 years, 9 months ago)

Remember to practice your Hiragana every day :grin:


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Re: Anyone speak Japanese? [Re: Wysefool]
    #3862422 - 03/03/05 02:57 PM (11 years, 9 months ago)

heh, i practice kanji nearly everyday, but i think i have hiragana memorized well enough ;p


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Re: Anyone speak Japanese? [Re: insectvhore]
    #3862445 - 03/03/05 03:01 PM (11 years, 9 months ago)

I think kanji was the reason I quit learning Japanese


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Re: Anyone speak Japanese? [Re: Wysefool]
    #3862452 - 03/03/05 03:03 PM (11 years, 9 months ago)

hah i know what you mean..theres like almost 3000, i will never learn them all...but i envision one day where i can watch anime without subtitles..i am a nerd indeed


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Re: Anyone speak Japanese? [Re: insectvhore]
    #3862466 - 03/03/05 03:05 PM (11 years, 9 months ago)

Ohhh man, I love Japan, I've been wanting to go there for years, I watch lodes of Japanese films ( subtitled, errr no I don't understand a word except thanks and asshole and hello) They have a sense of humor which is very out there, very cool, and the horror is the scariest stuff around today. but by the looks of it you'll defiantly need to be able to read or you'll get lost straight away... You going to have an amazing experience!!!


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Re: Anyone speak Japanese? [Re: RJLR]
    #3862498 - 03/03/05 03:13 PM (11 years, 9 months ago)

Battle Royale is an awesome movie.


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Re: Anyone speak Japanese? [Re: RJLR]
    #3862511 - 03/03/05 03:17 PM (11 years, 9 months ago)

i just watched versus last night, a very fucked up japanese film....ichi the killer is another good violent bloody movie, but i really like kurosawa and old samurai films


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Re: Anyone speak Japanese? [Re: Gorgoroth]
    #3862520 - 03/03/05 03:19 PM (11 years, 9 months ago)

oh hell yer.... that goes for all Takicashi Tekatano ( I know I can't spell...) films... Fuck that guy has got this mean sense of humor, I love his films... the kids return ... fireworks... the one he did in the U.S err big brother or some thing... Wow yer fucking A


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